Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!

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I’ve been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect.

V1517Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket, so I knew that this one would be a great because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It’s very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn’t need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle.

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The body of the jacket went together easily.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-1But I did notice while the jacket was hanging on my dress form that the shoulder area of the sleeve was collapsing a bit.Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-19

The pattern didn’t suggest a shoulder pad or anything, so I simply added sleeve heads for support.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-3The hemming was done by hand.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-14The jacket also has an exposed metal zipper that went in perfectly.

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Such a great detail that really makes a jacket like this.

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The seaming is another fun detail of making this jacket.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-12 Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-11 Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-7They’re all edge stitched.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-26The lining is Bemberg rayon from my stash.

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Even though bagging the lining is always an option, I sewed mine in by hand.Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-15

There was just no way I wanted to pull my well pressed jacket through any opening.

Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-17I used a touch of embroidery to tack the top of the lining pleat at the center back.

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For pressing, even though ironing is NOT recommended, I used my iron. I pressed my seams with my teflon foot on my iron and with a cotton muslin pressing cloth. If you choose to press this fabric, be extremely careful to not EVER allow the iron to actually come in contact with the faux leather.

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I absolutely love this jacket. I’ve been reaching for it ever since I finished it. This fabric is incredible and I would buy it in every single color if I could!










  • Lisa
    November 19, 2016

    Super cool and chic as always. Your jacket looks amazing. I might have to try that pattern!

  • Amanda S.
    November 19, 2016

    This turned out fantastic!

  • Carol
    November 20, 2016

    Love the jacket saw you in the jumpsuit on the Curvy website the two are perfect companions.

  • Lori
    November 21, 2016

    Your jacket is oh so gorgeous!

  • Peter
    November 21, 2016

    Stunning jacket — you win the gold, Erica! 😉

  • Karen
    November 21, 2016

    So chic and stylish – a perfect garment to be fashion forward. I so appreciate all the sewing tips you mention!

  • Liz
    November 23, 2016

    So very stylish. I enjoy seeing how you construct your garments.

  • Fiona
    November 26, 2016

    Beautiful sewing Erica! The sleeve heads are a great touch. I like how this gold has a metallic sheen but is still quite soft and not too bright or shiny. Great choice

  • Cennetta
    December 2, 2016

    You are golden in your jazzy jacket!

  • Nancy
    December 14, 2016

    Your workmanship is fantastic and you look absolutely amazing in your gorgeous jacket. I want one! Beautifully done.